Mohammed Kaif and the under-19 players: The youth brigade’s dilemma

India’s Under-19 players have been asked by the BCCI not to sign contracts with Indian Premier League until a formula has been devised for dealing with raw, talents. This follows widespread complaints that various agents have swarmed them with lucrative offers distracting them from the ongoing Under-22 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

India meet New Zealand and Pakistan takes on South Africa in the semi-finals there.

If that is the case with young talents, what can happen to the oldies. What if an old player suddenly decides that it is better option to opt for ICL than the country ?

The IPL clause apparently says a player has to complete 2 years after retirement to gain selection for IPL, unless the respective board approves it. That sure is a clever move to thwart such attempts as the boards would definitely make out why a player has suddenly been wanting to hang his boots. So Shane Warne and McGrath are definitely cleared as they announced retirement long before this, what happens to Gilchrist? Though he has been cleared to play, some quarters have raised doubts about the flamboyant opening bat’s sudden retirement. But one exception to all this gold rush is our own Mohammed Kaif.

Kaif says the satisfaction and pride associated with playing for the country is surely missing in IPL, despite its swollen coffers. Well said, but Kaif will play for Jaipur.

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